Trial date set for former Tulsa deputy charged in killing

Robert Bates, left, leaves the Tulsa County Courthouse following his arraignment, with his attorney, Clark Brewster, right, in Tulsa, Okla., Monday, July 13, 2015. Bates pleaded not guilty to second-degree manslaughter charges. He is charged in the April 2 killing of Eric Harris, who ran from Tulsa County deputies after a sting involving gun sales. A trial date of Feb. 8, 2016, was set. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)

TULSA, Okla. (AP) — A jury trial has been set for a former volunteer sheriff’s deputy in Oklahoma who says he accidentally shot and killed an unarmed, restrained man.

Seventy-three-year-old Robert Bates pleaded not guilty to second-degree manslaughter charges during his district court arraignment on Monday. He is charged in the April 2 killing of Eric Harris, who ran from Tulsa County deputies after a sting involving gun sales.

Bates has said he confused his stun gun and handgun in the shooting.

Judge James Caputo set a trial date for Feb. 8 and declined to recuse himself from the case. He had considered stepping down over his close ties to the Tulsa County Sheriff’s Office, where he worked for several years.

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